Welcome to the second annual brunch week hosted by Terri of Love and Confections and Susan of The Girl In The Little Red Kitchen! Join us May 5th through 11th while we celebrate the deliciousness of brunch and to prepare for Mother’s Day and summer brunching season. We have 32 bloggers bringing you their best brunch game, from cocktails to eggs benedict to donuts, there is something for everything this week. Our amazing sponsors have donated some great prizes for a gigantic giveaway, please visit them all for more information.
Check out all the amazing recipes today:
Brunch Egg Dishes:
- Spinach Bell Pepper Frittata from That Skinny Chick Can Bake
- Corn Souffle from Hungry Couple
- Croque Madame Muffins from Cooking in Stilettos
- Fajita Vegetable Quesadillas with Eggs and Avocado Hollandaise from Sarcastic Cooking
- Bacon, Cheddar, Zucchini Quiche from The Kitchen Prep
- Tortilla Espanola from Savvy Eats
Brunch Breads and Grains:
- Blueberry Cornmeal Waffles from The Girl in the Little Red Kitchen
- Busy Bee’s Granola from Culinary Adventures with Camilla
- Chocolate Dipped Banana Hazelnut Pancake Kebabs from Food Faith Fitness
- Springtime Sweet Rolls from Eat Your Heart Out
- 10 Minute English Muffin Cream Cheese Danish from Neighborfood
- Lemon Poppyseed Scones from Real Housemoms
- Apple Croissants from Hip Foodie Mom
- Fig and Oatmeal Breakfast Bar from My Catholic Kitchen
- Banana Chocolate Chip Muffins from Jen’s Favorite Cookies
Brunch Fruits, Vegetables, Sides:
- Roasted Beet Salad with Pistachios and Blue Cheese from Healthy. Delicious.
- Caramelized Onion, Apple and Gruyere Bites from Take a Bite out of Boca
- Savory Truffles from Jane’s Adventures in Dinner
- Orange Marmalade Pound Cake from Love and Confections
- Hazelnut-Blackberry Cottage Pudding from The Vintage Cook
- Surprise Inside Orange Pound Cake from Chelsea’s Messy Apron
- Strawberry Hazelnut Crumble with Coconut Whipped Cream from The Little Ferraro Kitchen
- Corn Fritter Shortcakes with Maple Whipped Cream from The Spiffy Cookie
With Mother’s Day this Sunday, it seemed fitting to look through the recipes passed down to me from my mom for #BrunchWeek. I stopped dead on the corn fritters. My mind instantly exploded with an idea that would showcase corn fritters as you have seen seen them before – as the cake portion of a strawberry shortcake! After picking 16 pounds of strawberries (and using only half to make 5 quarts of strawberry syrup and 5 pints of jam) it seemed completely appropriate to incorporate them into a shortcake.
These fried corn-cakes are decadent enough on their own but that doesn’t mean they should be served solo. Besides, brunch is the perfect time to have dessert for breakfast. The fresh strawberries, strawberry syrup, and homemade maple whipped cream on top of this corn fritter resulted in a joyous experience for my taste buds. You may never again serve corn fritters with just maple syrup.
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One year ago: Brown Sugar Baked Fries
This carrot cake is the only recipe I have ever used. It is perfectly moist and surrounded by cream cheese frosting, proving it’s relevance beyond Easter.
Easter may have been yesterday but it’s never too late to share a carrot cake recipe. Especially when it’s my favorite carrot cake recipe and have already managed to go 3.5 years without sharing it with the masses. The original recipe called for just white granulated sugar but I use half white and half brown sugar while also reducing the oil a little bit and find that it is perfectly moist. From there you can mix in walnuts, pecans or raisins if you so desire. But don’t forget the cream cheese frosting! I even added halved baby carrots on top for decoration.
Looking for an Easter dessert? This cute Easter bunny cake is easily constructed with two round cakes. The best part is that it’s a no-bake cake made out of rice krispies treats.
Baking for the holidays is always a lot of fun. Beyond an excuse to use festive sprinkles, there are so many creative ideas. Take this cake for example – two round cakes magically transform into this cute little guy. Unfortunately my photo-shoot for this Easter creation was not conducive to great pictures, but the execution is what’s important here. It’s an Easter bunny cake!
First things first, this is a no-bake cake. I made a cake out of rice krispies treats which were formed in cake pans. Using a simple template I cut up one of the cakes into the ears and bowtie to create the bunny. From there all that remained was to frost and decorate! You can use any assortment of candy, sprinkles, and frosting that you prefer. I made the eyes out of leftover cakeball fondant and white and black frosting, the cheeks are pink sprinkles, the nose is more cakeball fondant, the mouth is black frosting, and finally the bowtie consists of a chocolate chip cookie, cakeball fondant and sprinkles. Coconut would also be a great way to make a “fluffy” bunny but I made this cake for a non-coconut lover.
Traditionally frosting is the star of cake decorating, but what about the inside? Amanda Rettke proves that it’s the inside that counts with her cookbook, “Surprise-Inside Cakes”.
When it comes to decorating cakes I am not an expert. Upon receiving the Surprise-Inside Cakes cookbook by Amanda Rettke (I Am Baker) I was a bit intimidated to go beyond the recipes for different layers of color and/or frosting without any cutting and cake-puzzle-assembling. It is truly impressive how many different interiors she was able to design and execute. But after reading through a few of the more complicated recipes I realized that with the right tools and some patience, paired with her excellent step-by-step photos and directions, I might be able to pull it off.
I really loved the smiley face cake and argyle cake but decided to start out small with one of the easier recipes – the rainbow cake. First I had to decide on a cake flavor. Amanda provides recipes for perfectly level cakes and frostings which can be used to create any of the surprise-inside cakes. However, you could also use your own recipe or even a boxed mix, I won’t tell. If using other recipes you may end up with a domed top which will need to be leveled off, unless of course you know that particular recipe does come out flat. Either way, a cake with these interior designs will look made from scratch no matter what recipe you choose.
To see if a boxed mix would work, I decided to doctor up a white cake mix to create a lemon cake. (Did you know that rainbows taste like lemons? Well, at least this one does.) The cakes did dome but that was easily solved by slicing off the tops with a long serrated knife. After that I followed Amanda’s detailed instructions for assembling and frosting the cakes. I don’t think I’ve ever frosted such a smooth cake before.
Upon that beautiful white scene I created my own balloon decorations using the cake-top scraps and leftover frosting. It looks like fondant doesn’t it!? Nope it’s something even better, something I have decided to call cake-ball-fondant! Yup, I am a genius. Instead of forming balls to be dipped in chocolate, roll flat with a rolling pin and cut out shapes with cookies cutters. Consider your mind blown.
In order to find out exactly how I colored and assembled this cake you’ll have to read about it in the Surprise-Inside Cakes cookbook! To assist in keeping a copy into your hands asap I am giving away a copy of this awesome cookbook to one lucky reader. After checking out the recipe use the Rafflecopter widget at the bottom of this post to enter.
One year ago: Baked Eggs with Crispy Hash Brown Crust
Two years ago: Cheesy Cat Treats
Red velvet cake gets a spring-time makeover with blueberries, blue food coloring and even a blueberry cream cheese frosting. It’ll disappear faster than you can slice it.
Warning: this is not a joke. I know it’s April’s Fools Day but I truly did make a blueberry blue velvet cake with blueberry cream cheese frosting topped with more blueberries. Why? Because my nephew Luke LOVES blueberries so I made him the bluest and blueberriest cake I could possibly come up with for his birthday last week. He actually had his own personal blue truck shaped blueberry blue velvet cake, but everyone else had to share this cake. It disappeared as fast as I cut it, making me think I baked a magical disappearing cake!
One year ago: Rainbow Guacamole Deviled Eggs
Ten days from now I will pack up the apartment at which I have lived for the past 4.5 years. Currently I have a whopping 8 boxes packed, which means there’s a lot of work to be done between now and then. And what better way to start the festivities than baking a cake! That’s productive and a good use of time, right?
The only caramel cake I have ever had was from Kroger and was quite delicious. Since then I have been meaning to make a homemade version and was finally inspired when Beth told me that she had been dreaming about caramel cake – although that was right before we left for the winter break so I didn’t make it until now. While baking it I texted her saying I was going to make her day tomorrow, since I was going to be bringing it by the lab the next day. She said it tasted just like her Great Aunt Sally’s from when she was a kid! Winner.
Get your stretchy-fat pants on because just looking at this dessert may cause weight gain. It’s a dessert lasagna using chocolate graham crackers for the “noodles”, cream cheese-peanut butter-whipped cream filling, and chocolate as the sauce. Between the layers and on top there are also chopped Reese’s cups and peanuts. I did use reduced fat cream cheese and light cool whip to make myself feel slightly better when the inevitable face plant into a second serving occurred.
This incredible, decadent dessert is worthy of today’s event – Ohio State playing Clemson in the Orange bowl! Admittedly I am still a bit bitter about losing to Michigan State and therefore losing the shot at the National Championship Game. But that will never stop me from getting excited to watch some college football and indulging in the gloriousness that is this dessert.
One year ago: Skinny Creamy Italian Chicken Skillet
Two years ago: Sweet ‘n’ Spicy Hawaiian Pizza
One of my favorite bands, Paramore, is playing in Nashville tonight. Originally when I had planned on going out of town for Thanksgiving, I was going to stop and see that show on my way out. Unfortunately that is no longer my plan as I decided to stay put and save money. I did see them with No Doubt a couple years back and with Jimmy Eat World before that so it’s not too heart breaking – except that they are the headliners this time. You better believe I will be cooking dinner tonight while dancing around to their music, pretending I’m there. Not that that’s different from a normal day in my kitchen…
In other news, today is National Cake Day! With Thanksgiving nearly upon us I am throwing as much pumpkin at you as I possibly can, including these mini cakes. These individual cakes are made by cutting rounds from a thin sheet cake. The rounds are layered and frosted with a caramel cream cheese frosting and then topping with caramel sauce and candied pecans, resulting in eyegasms. Who wouldn’t want their own personal mini cake?
You can use the leftover cake scraps to make cake balls or if you’d prefer to avoid scraps, make these into cupcakes instead.
One year ago: Arugula Pesto Pasta
Have you ever made a roulade aka cake roll? This right here is my very first. I bought a cake roll pan a couple years ago with the intention of making one, but never got around to it until now. I figured it would be a great way to celebrate not only PB+Choc Saturday but National Peanut Butter Lover’s Month. The soft, thin chocolate cake gets wrapped around a fluffy peanut butter filling and then covered in a chocolate glaze. The glaze is really what sealed the deal because it made the roll look so pretty and perfect (and masked a couple minor cracks that occurred).
But I didn’t use just any old peanut butter, I used PB Crave’s Cookie Nookie cookie dough flavored peanut butter. Which meant I had to top it off with eggless peanut butter chocolate chip cookie dough balls, obviously. So it’s chocolate, peanut butter, AND cookie dough all rolled up into one dessert! Hopefully I won’t be induced into a desert coma while watching Ohio State play Illinois today. After today there are only 2 games left before the Big Ten Championship game and then on the Bowl Games. Which means PB+Choc Saturdays are winding down. But rest assured that the desserts will show no slack, made evident by today’s recipe.
Don’t forget to enter for your chance to win a huge giveaway in honor of not only Peanut Butter Lover’s Month but also my 3rd blogiversary! Giveaway ends Monday, click HERE for the post on which to enter.
One year ago: Tortellini with Guiltless Pumpkin Alfredo
Two years ago: Butternut Squash Lasagna